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1 hour ago, Sadge said:

Just for Info re. CONVERTING YOUR UK DRIVING LICENCE (Victoria)

To convert your UK licence to a Victorian one you need to apply for a driving licence (there is not a specific form for just changing over).  Call your local VicRoads to make an appointment and make sure you have your necessary id documents - Passport, UK Licence, proof of address (got my bank to stamp a printout of my bank statement), Visa Grant letter.  If you have a medical condition which had to be declared in the UK, the fact that you were granted a UK licence will not automatically be recognised in Victoria.  You will have to complete a form to be signed by a doctor that you are OK to drive.  You can pick up this form in the VicRoads office (probably online too), so if you have this ready there'll be no delay.  The receipt for the licence fee (about $80) gives you permission to drive until your licence arrives.

Even if you have no intention of driving here  it's a very good idea to get a driver's licence as it's the most commonly asked for form of ID and is much easier to carry than your passport!  

Hi @Sadge  if you’re in NSW go to ServiceNSW (apparently they keep changing their name!) anytime you want, check in and they will ask you what you have come to do.  They will give you a form applying for a licence to fill in which you can do while waiting for your ticket number to come up.  You will need passport,driving licence and some secondary ID..Medicard is good.  We didn’t need to show visa grant as they just VEVOd our passports.  Once everything is processed, you take a quick eye test, sit for a photo and you’re done.  You are given a paper licence until the plastic arrives, and a letter stating that your UK licence is no longer valid in NSW ..so don’t try to use it! 😝. My husband applied for his licence at the same time, but as he has diabetes he had to be certified ok by a doctor to drive, so had a month to do this and go back to ServiceNSW.  So now we are registered with a doctor as well!  There is an option to choose a 1/3 or 5 year licence...we both went for 5 years being a$188 each.  The process took about 1/2 an hour and was quite painless.  By the way, if you wear spectacles for driving it will say this on the licence!

 


04.08.2015 143 lodged/06.08.2015 1st payment /12.02.2019 : request for docs, AoS and meds/07.03.2019 : meds done/15.03.2019 : apply police checks/ 18.03.2019 : AoS submitted (paper @ PM Centrelink )/19.03.2019 med queries- further tests  required/13.06.2019 : letter to panel doctors confirming no med probs exist /11.04.2019 : Form 80 & police checks submitted by agent/28.05.2019 : Aos rejected, reassessed & rejected again!/09.07.2019 : request for more info re form 80/Aos reassess/6.8.19:Swap out 1 person from Aos and sub new/9.10.19 Aos bond request/21.10.19 bond paid& Aos accepted/9.12.19 2nd VAC request/12.10.19 2nd VAC paid/ 13.12.2019 Visa granted

bound for mid north coast NSW !  😎 Sunnies now needed....& probably a mask (for bushfire smoke🥺)

flights booked for 31 December 2019....New Year in the air! 🎉🎉😎😎😎

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3 hours ago, Flangela100 said:

Yes me too, this Centrelink thing of having to register in person is a real saga.  My daughter has no holiday due, so I don't know how we're going to get it done.  You'd think that it would be possible to create a CRN online, we do our police checks  etc online which is an identity check🤔

I know the queues are long, but she could try going in her lunch hour.  Alternatively, maybe she could ask her boss for a few hours off?  Centrelink offices open at 8.30 in the morning and if she's at the door on the dot, she might not take too long. 


Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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2 hours ago, Flangela100 said:

Centrelink are open 08:30 to 16:30. Monday to Friday.

Therefore, if your sponsor is working, it means taking time off work. Mine happens to have no holiday due, so is proving to be a pain.

I would say mention this to your sponsor before you're asked for your AoS to be lodged, could be years before, as once they have a CRN it will be easier further down the line. 

They can go into Centrelink in their own time, perhaps a booked day of leave etc.

Excellent idea, but it's worth noting that the process itself takes about half an hour.   It's only the queue that takes time.

I know Centrelink offices have a reputation of being horribly busy and having long queues, but it varies a lot from place to place.  I had to verify my identity and went to the Coburg Centrelink. 

The process is that you queue at the service desk and explain what you need.  They then allocate you a number and you sit down and wait till your number is called.

When I arrived at 2pm there was only one person in the queue in front of me.  I was allocated a number and then waited less than half an hour before my number was called.  All done and out the door in an hour total.

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Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Thanks Flangela100 , that information re CRN would have been handy to know, my son could have done this well in advance of getting notice for addition information / AOS support


143 applied and acknowledged -  01 April 2016

Request for further documents - 21 January 2020

Form 80 / Police Clearances/Medicals etc all lodged - February 2020

AOS Submitted / Lodged at Commonwealth Bank / AOS Acceptance Letter Received - 19 March 2020

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When I filled my Form80, I couldn't remember how many times and when I arrived and departed Australia. 

I have found that the information may be provided by Homeaffairs.gov.au on request. Just fill the form, sent it via email and not long when you will have your info back in your email box. 
Here is the form: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/form-listing/forms/1359.pdf

Just in case anyone needs it.

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12/01/16: 134 application acknowledged            13/01/16: 1st payment received                           04/11/19: Request for more information
12/11/19: Passports & IDs to PVC team               13/11/19: Health Examinations done            15/11/19: AOS Application submitted  (MyGov)        
29/11/19: PCC to PVC team                                    04/12/19: Form80 to PVC team                          20/01/20: AOS bank guarantee paid
02/03/20: AOS accepted                                          13/03/20: Request for VAC2 payment                20/03/20  VAC2 paid

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Hi 

which question on the form 80 does it ask you to list all visits to Australia? It asks for other countries visited apart from Australia. Then further on which visa did you get to enter Australia??? Am I missing something? I’ve just finished completing mine but not as yet sent it off. 
thank you 


143 Applied 22nd March 2016 Acknowledged 24th March 2016,

13th January 2020 request for further information recieved 

29th January 2020, medicals police checks etc sent to Immi

17th AOS interview and letter received 

19th February AOS paid

21st February AOS paperwork uploaded and taken into centrelink 

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2 hours ago, Lady Jane said:

Hi 

which question on the form 80 does it ask you to list all visits to Australia? It asks for other countries visited apart from Australia. Then further on which visa did you get to enter Australia??? Am I missing something? I’ve just finished completing mine but not as yet sent it off. 
thank you 

Hi

Form 80 Part J, Q35....Asks for details of previous visas and you have to complete some info including arrival and departure dates.
 

Maj


CPV 143 Application date 16 March 2016. Further docs requested 2 Jan 2020. AOS submitted 24  Feb 20. Accepted (after initial rejection) 19 March 20.

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Hi. 
thank you, I took the arrival and departure dates as the dates the visa was from and when it expired. 


143 Applied 22nd March 2016 Acknowledged 24th March 2016,

13th January 2020 request for further information recieved 

29th January 2020, medicals police checks etc sent to Immi

17th AOS interview and letter received 

19th February AOS paid

21st February AOS paperwork uploaded and taken into centrelink 

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@Alan Collett I recently read something about “accidental landlord” changes from April  this year. I can’t say I really understood it but got  the impression it might negatively affect people waiting in Australia for grant who still own or rent out their properties. Do you have a simpler explanation to help us all out? Thank you 🙏 n advance! 


143 lodged 21 June 2017

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6 hours ago, LindaH27 said:

@Alan Collett I recently read something about “accidental landlord” changes from April  this year. I can’t say I really understood it but got  the impression it might negatively affect people waiting in Australia for grant who still own or rent out their properties. Do you have a simpler explanation to help us all out? Thank you 🙏 n advance! 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/buy-to-let/accidental-landlords-forced-sell-april-tax-crunch/

There are changes to certain of the capital gains tax exemptions in the UK which will affect those selling a former main residence in the UK after the end of this tax year - it might have been this?

Best regards.


Managing Director, Go Matilda Visas - www.gomatilda.com

Registered Migration Agent Number 0102534; Registered Tax Agent (Australia)

Chartered Accountant (UK, and Australia)

T - 023 81 66 11 55 (UK) or 03 9935 2929 (Australia)

E - alan.collett@gomatilda.com and acollett@bdhtax.com

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Thank you @Alan Collett ! Food for thought definitely - as I’m considering 870 due to long wait for 143 and wondering what people do with their property whilst in Australia but without PR 


143 lodged 21 June 2017

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3 minutes ago, LindaH27 said:

Thank you @Alan Collett ! Food for thought definitely - as I’m considering 870 due to long wait for 143 and wondering what people do with their property whilst in Australia but without PR 

https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/International-tax-for-individuals/In-detail/Foreign-income-of-Australian-residents/Foreign-income-exemption-for-temporary-residents---introduction/

Remember that having a subclass 870 visa is likely to allow you to access the temporary tax resident exemptions in Australia.

Best regards.


Managing Director, Go Matilda Visas - www.gomatilda.com

Registered Migration Agent Number 0102534; Registered Tax Agent (Australia)

Chartered Accountant (UK, and Australia)

T - 023 81 66 11 55 (UK) or 03 9935 2929 (Australia)

E - alan.collett@gomatilda.com and acollett@bdhtax.com

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Once again thank you! Off to read that now. 


143 lodged 21 June 2017

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19 minutes ago, LindaH27 said:

Once again thank you! Off to read that now. 

Don't forget things like inheritance tax too.   Given the thousands of pounds it could cost if you get it wrong, it would be well worth paying someone like Alan for a one-off consultation to examine your finances and explain how it will all impact you.  It's so complicated you can tie yourself in knots trying to work it out yourself!

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Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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5 minutes ago, Marisawright said:

Don't forget things like inheritance tax too.   Given the thousands of pounds it could cost if you get it wrong, it would be well worth paying someone like Alan for a one-off consultation to examine your finances and explain how it will all impact you.  It's so complicated you can tie yourself in knots trying to work it out yourself!

Thanks @Marisawright- yes if I decide to go ahead I will definitely seek advice from Alan. His posts on here have always been illuminating!! 

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143 lodged 21 June 2017

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Health Checkup done yesterday and AoS Accepted Letter received today.😀😀

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(8.2.16 - CPV 143 lodged.)   (10.2.16. - Acknowledgement date)   (28.11.19 - Request to submit Addl Docs)   (29.11.19 - AoS Application submitted)   (4.12.19 -  Form 80, PCC etc submitted)  (22.1.20 -  BOND Request Letter Received & PAID)  (27.1.20 - Health Checkup Done)  (28.1.20 - AoS Accepted)  (17.2.20 - VAC2 Payment request received, VAC2 Paid & GRANT received) .......Reached Sydney on 23 Mar 2020.😀😀

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Greece said:

Health Checkup done yesterday and AoS Accepted Letter received today.😀😀

Congratulations!

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12/01/16: 134 application acknowledged            13/01/16: 1st payment received                           04/11/19: Request for more information
12/11/19: Passports & IDs to PVC team               13/11/19: Health Examinations done            15/11/19: AOS Application submitted  (MyGov)        
29/11/19: PCC to PVC team                                    04/12/19: Form80 to PVC team                          20/01/20: AOS bank guarantee paid
02/03/20: AOS accepted                                          13/03/20: Request for VAC2 payment                20/03/20  VAC2 paid

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Visa granted 28.1.2020 :), so happy.

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143 visa lodged 4.10.15

heading to the sunshine coast (caloundra)

extra documents requested 18/7/2019

aos submitted 25/7/2019

police checks completed  1/9/2019

form 80 completed 3/9/2019

medical taken 7/9/2019

aos submitted 2.12.19

aos accepted 8/1/2020

2nd vac request 23.1.2020

2nd vac paid 27.1.2020

visa granted 28.1.2020

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11 hours ago, kimboslice said:

Visa granted 28.1.2020 :), so happy.

Fantastic news - look forward to seeing you when you are settled!

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CPV 143 lodgement 12.3.15, Acknowledged 14.4.15

AOS, Medicals, Police checks and Form 80 requested 21 Dec 2017

AOS submitted 3 Jan 18, Police certs & Form 80 submitted 7 Jan 18, Medicals booked 10 Jan 18

AoS rejected 21 Jun without any consultation (24 weeks for them to make this decision)

AoS re-submitted 16 Jul 18 - interview carried out 7 Aug 18

AoS Bond paid 14 Aug 18

AoS approval received 27 Aug 18

Request for 2nd VAC - 11 Sep 18

Visa granted - 26 Sep 18

 

Heading for the Sunshine Coast

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Anyone who's had their visa granted recently - would you please let me know how much the second vac amount was?

TIA

ps. Just did AOS bond payment and submitted documents to Centrelink.

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143 Applied on 25/01/2016     -     Acknowledged on 27/01/2016    -    Request for further docs on 13/11/2019    -     AOS applied 15/11/2019    -    Medicals done on 29/11/2019    -   Form 80 / PCC etc submitted to PVC on 06/01/2020   -   AOS Bank guarantee request 20/01/2020 (Mums name wrong)   -   Received replacement AOS guarantee request letter on 29/01/2020   -   Paid AOS and gave documentation from bank to Centralink 30/01/2020   -   AOS acceptance letter received on 03/01/2020   -   2nd Vac requested on 21/02/2020   -   2nd Vac paid 22/02/20202  -  VISA GRANTED on 24/02/2020 🎉

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9 minutes ago, theballies said:

Anyone who's had their visa granted recently - would you please let me know how much the second vac amount was?

TIA

ps. Just did AOS bond payment and submitted documents to Centrelink.

Hi we paid A$87200 for 2 people....A$43600 each.....good luck - hopefully won't be long! 😎

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04.08.2015 143 lodged/06.08.2015 1st payment /12.02.2019 : request for docs, AoS and meds/07.03.2019 : meds done/15.03.2019 : apply police checks/ 18.03.2019 : AoS submitted (paper @ PM Centrelink )/19.03.2019 med queries- further tests  required/13.06.2019 : letter to panel doctors confirming no med probs exist /11.04.2019 : Form 80 & police checks submitted by agent/28.05.2019 : Aos rejected, reassessed & rejected again!/09.07.2019 : request for more info re form 80/Aos reassess/6.8.19:Swap out 1 person from Aos and sub new/9.10.19 Aos bond request/21.10.19 bond paid& Aos accepted/9.12.19 2nd VAC request/12.10.19 2nd VAC paid/ 13.12.2019 Visa granted

bound for mid north coast NSW !  😎 Sunnies now needed....& probably a mask (for bushfire smoke🥺)

flights booked for 31 December 2019....New Year in the air! 🎉🎉😎😎😎

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We received confirmation for the AOS has been approved on he 3/01/20,  does anyone know how long it will take till we get asked for the 2nd vac payment? And then how long the visa takes from there? Thanks 

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15 minutes ago, Graham Bell said:

We received confirmation for the AOS has been approved on he 3/01/20,  does anyone know how long it will take till we get asked for the 2nd vac payment? And then how long the visa takes from there? Thanks 

 Look at a few posts before yours. @kimboslice had aos accepted 8.1.2020, 2nd vac request 23.1.2020 and visa granted 28.1.2020. This may give you an idea.


12/01/16: 134 application acknowledged            13/01/16: 1st payment received                           04/11/19: Request for more information
12/11/19: Passports & IDs to PVC team               13/11/19: Health Examinations done            15/11/19: AOS Application submitted  (MyGov)        
29/11/19: PCC to PVC team                                    04/12/19: Form80 to PVC team                          20/01/20: AOS bank guarantee paid
02/03/20: AOS accepted                                          13/03/20: Request for VAC2 payment                20/03/20  VAC2 paid

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@Christa

I've learnt that you've got AoS accepted today. Congratulations!


12/01/16: 134 application acknowledged            13/01/16: 1st payment received                           04/11/19: Request for more information
12/11/19: Passports & IDs to PVC team               13/11/19: Health Examinations done            15/11/19: AOS Application submitted  (MyGov)        
29/11/19: PCC to PVC team                                    04/12/19: Form80 to PVC team                          20/01/20: AOS bank guarantee paid
02/03/20: AOS accepted                                          13/03/20: Request for VAC2 payment                20/03/20  VAC2 paid

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On 27/01/2020 at 09:43, Alan Collett said:

There are

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/buy-to-let/accidental-landlords-forced-sell-april-tax-crunch/

There are changes to certain of the capital gains tax exemptions in the UK which will affect those selling a former main residence in the UK after the end of this tax year - it might have been this?

Best regards.

Do you have a non-paywall source for information on this?

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